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Los Angeles Relaunches Solar Rebate: 2 Dollars is Better than Zero Dollars

From the perspective of homeowners and businesses looking to go solar, the bigger the solar rebate the better. From the perspective of the utilities and government agencies that finance those rebates, often the opposite is true.

Usually, the decided upon rebate level ends up somewhere between these two parties' preferences.

That appears to be the case with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), which on Tuesday announced it will in September relaunch its solar energy rebate program at a new, lower level. Back in April, the utility suspended the program, citing record demand and dwindling coffers.

Once reopened, DWP's solar incentive program will offer residential rebates

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Boston Launches Residential Solar Energy Rebate Program

In recent years, Massachusetts has become a pretty good place to install a solar home energy system. The reason? A number of factors -- a statewide solar rebate program, a market for solar renewable energy credits, and relatively high conventional electricity prices -- combine to make a good financial proposition out of installing solar panels.

To help things along further, Boston last week launched a program to encourage residents to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

“Solar panels provide up to 90 percent of the annual electric usage and in days like today, with the longest period of daylight, the meter is running backwards, selling power back to the grid and to me that’s incredible,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The Boston Herald has more:

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Florida Power & Light Solar Rebates to Go Fast, Starting June 21

Posted by Adam Sewall In Thursday, June 2 2011 under: Solar Energy Rebates, Solar Energy Incentives, FPL, Florida Solar

Hold on to your hats... Florida Power & Light (FPL) is gearing up to launch a $15.5 million solar rebate pilot program. The funds are expected to go fast.

"We expect the available funding to be claimed very quickly so we encourage interested customers to start researching projects and meeting with contractors as soon as possible. I believe similar programs from TECO and Progress were fully claimed in less than two days," said FPL spokeswoman Jackie Anderson, according to The Palm Beach Post.

Starting June 21, FPL customers looking to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system or a solar water heating system can apply to receive rebates according to the following schedule:

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SRP Relaunches Solar Power Rebate in Arizona

Good news for Arizona residents who are customers of Salt River Project (SRP): the Arizona utility recently relaunched its popular solar rebate program after a months-long hiatus during which an interim rebate was available.

As of May 1, SRP customers who install a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system will be eligible to receive a rebate worth $1.35 per watt (solar panels are sized in watts). The rebate will be capped at 5 kilowatts (kW), which means that a homeowner who installs a system that's 5-kilowatts or bigger in size could receive $6,750 in incentives.

Here is SRP's explanation of how it has restructured the program:

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DTE Energy Shuts Off Michigan Solar Rebates

Michigan residents who are customers of DTE Energy have in recent years enjoyed one of the best solar power rebate programs in the country... until now.

The Michigan utility today announced that its popular SolarCurrents rebate program has become fully subscribed.

"The SolarCurrents program demonstrated that financial incentives can spur significant growth and interest in an emerging renewable technology," said Trevor Lauer, DTE Energy vice president, Marketing & Renewables. "We are proud of the role this program has played in helping Michigan's solar industry transition to become a viable and growing industry within our state."

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DTE Energy customers can still install solar energy systems – and work with the utility to connect them to their electric system. But DTE Energy will no longer provide financial incentives that were part of the initial pilot program.

Well isn't that convenient?

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Arizona Utility Installs Solar Panels On Group Homes, Will Save $700 a Year at Each

As one of Arizona's main electricity utilities, Salt River Project (SRP) has done its part to promote the use of solar power -- mainly by providing solar rebate to customers who install solar panels on their home or business.

(For more info on SRP's solar incentive programs, see here and here.)

As it turns out, this isn't the only way the utility is increasing the number of residential solar energy systems within its service territory.

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DWP Suspends Los Angeles Solar Rebate Due to 'Record Demand'

Last fall Los Angeles' main utility, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), was weighing a 30-percent cut to its solar rebate. Now, due to "record demand" for the rebates, DWP last Friday suspended the application process for at least 90 days.

The numbers tell all: some 2,000 rebate applications remain unprocessed, representing more than $110 million in demand for a round of rebate funds that's capped at $30 million for 2011. It seems people in L.A. really love solar power and how much money solar panels can shave off monthly electric bills. This is good news.

The bad news is that no one knows how things will pan out. According to DWP's website,

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Great News: Xcel Energy's Colorado Solar Incentive Back On

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, March 16 2011 under: Solar Energy Rebates, Colorado Solar, Solar Energy Incentives, Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy caused quite a stir back in February, when it temporarily stopped accepting applications for its popular solar incentive program and asked state regulators for permission to cut the rebate by almost 90 percent, from $2.00 per watt to $0.25 per watt. The move threatened to pour cold water on the state's growing solar energy industry and make it more costly for homeowners to install solar panels.

After a month or so of negotiations, the parties involved -- Colorado officials, solar industry participants and Xcel Energy -- have reached an agreement to resume the utility's Solar*Rewards solar incentive program:

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3 Things That Make Solar Power Tick: Sun, Electricity Prices and Incentives

Ever wonder whether there's enough sunshine where you live for solar panels to work? Well, it turns out that sunlight is just one of the main ingredients that make a solar home energy system tick.

Sunshine is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about New Jersey, for instance. But the Garden State is the country's second-biggest solar market, after California. How is this possible?

If you're thinking about installing solar panels on your home or business, it's helpful to think in terms of three broad categories: sunlight, electricity prices and incentives, like solar rebates and tax credits.

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SoCal Edison (Still) Offers the Best Solar Rebate in California: Here's Why

If you're a residential customer of Southern California Edison (SCE), you've got more than SoCal's sunny days to be happy about. You're also sitting on what is arguably the state's best solar rebate. We've discussed this before. But, looking at the numbers this morning, I could help but mention it again.

Here's the deal. In 2006, the state's public utilities commission launched the California Solar Initiative (CSI), a multi-year program aimed at providing more than $3 billion in incentives to solar-energy projects through 2016. The program was broken up into ten "steps," each representing a certain amount solar power (in megawatts, or MW). According to the program structure, as more solar gets installed, the incentive level is reduced. Like this:

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